« on: March 04, 2005, 08:52:46 pm »
From: Heaven's Mirror by Graham Hancock (not the best source I know..)
"The Aztecs reported that the source of this doctrine of non-violence and cosmic gnosis was a god-king known as Quetzacoatl - 'the plumed serpent' (quetzacoatl means, literally, 'feathered' or 'plumed', coatl means 'serpent'). He had ruled, they said, in a remote golden age, having come to Mexico from a far-off land with a group of companions. He had taught, quite specifically, that living things were not to be harmed and that human beings were never to be sacrificed, but only 'fruits and flowers of the season'. His cult was absorbed with the mysteries of life beyond death and he was said to have made a journey to the underworld and to have returned to tell the tale."